Kona--adopted 4-5-15

Elsa (on left)--adopted 4-4-15

Pinwheel (on rt)--adopted 3-29-15

German Shepherd Rescue of
Sacramento Valley



Become a Foster Caretaker!

Donations Needed!

How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption Fees

What's New on the GSRSV Website?

Dogs Available for Adoption through GSRSV

Dogs Available for Adoption from Other Area Rescue Groups and Individuals

Dogs Available for Adoption through Owner Placement

How to Place a Dog through GSRSV

Lost and Found

GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook

In Memoriam 

Is a German Shepherd the Right Breed for You?

Other German Shepherd Rescue Web Sites & Resources

GSRSV's 2015 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2014 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2013 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2012 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2011 Rescue Record

GSRSV'S 2010 Rescue Record

GSRSV'S 2009 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2008 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2007 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2006 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2005 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2004 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2003 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2002 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2001 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2000 Rescue Record

German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley (GSRSV) is a tax-exempt (501-c-3) charitable organization dedicated to finding good homes for German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes whose caregivers can no longer keep them or which are confined in animal shelters. Established in 2001, GSRSV is operated primarily by one person, Brian Foran. I am presently focused on placing dogs whose caregivers can no longer keep them. A "full house" of dogs at my rescue facility, and lack of foster caretakers limits my ability to rescue from shelters. If you're interested in becoming a foster caretaker, please contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or bab43@msn.com.

If you are looking for a wider selection of purebred German Shepherds in Northern California, please visit the Websites of Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue, El Dorado County German Shepherd Rescue, German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California, Golden State German Shepherd Rescue, Greater California German Shepherd Rescue,   and Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue.

How to find a dog to adopt from this Website: 

  1. Click on the four selections in large font in the menu to the left, starting with "Dogs Available for Adoption through GSRSV."

  2. If you're interested in adopting a dog available through GSRSV, read the page "How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV." That page describes my adoption process, and includes my adoption questionnaire and adoption contract. Please hold off on filling out the adoption questionnaire until after the next step!

  3. If you're interested in adopting a GSRSV dog, contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or bab43@msn.com to learn more about the dog. If the dog seems like a good match for you, I (Brian) will ask you to fill out and submit the GSRSV adoption questionnaire.

  4. If you're interested in adopting a dog from another rescue group, an owner, or a shelter, contact the person or shelter listed for that dog.

 Two Female GSDs Available for Adoption at Sac County Shelter
(posted 4-24-15)

ID #A656485

ID #A656756

As of 4-24-15, there were two 4-yo female GSDs available for adoption at the Sac County shelter on Bradshaw near Hwy 50. The dog at top left (ID # A656485) has been at the shelter since April 12. The dog at bottom left (ID #A656756) has been at the shelter since April 17. 

I do not have any personality info about either of these dogs, but just the fact that they passed the Sac County shelter's tough adoption evaluation indicates that both dogs have very nice temperaments.

The adoption fee for both of these dogs is $147, which includes their spay surgery.

Click here for information about the Sac County shelter's adoption process.

The Sac County Shelter's phone number is 916-368-7387. Call before going to the shelter for hours and to make sure that the dog you're going to see is still there.

Adoption Appeal: 1-2 Yo Neutered Male GSD/Malamute Mix at Animal Rescue Foundation, Walnut Creek
(posted 4-24-15) 

"Won Ton" is a friendly, energetic 1-2 yo neutered male GSD/Malamute mix available for adoption from the Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek. (ARF lists Won Ton as a Malamute mix w/ no mention of GSD, but it's clear to me that his dominant breed is GSD.) Here are some notes about Won Ton from a shelter staff member: "(Won Ton) loves everyone he meets and is a big cuddlebug. He is a big boy (81 lbs) who can get mouthy when excited, and he isn't always gentle- he has caused bruising at times. He also is not overly fond of other dogs, based on introductions done at the shelter (he initiated some scuffles with other dogs, though no damage was done). So a home where he can be an only dog and get lots of outdoor exercise would be ideal for him. According to his foster mom, he was calm and affectionate in the house, and slept well in his crate." (Won Ton is no longer in a foster home--perhaps due to his excessive mouthiness.)

ARF took Won Ton in from the Oakland Animal Shelter.  Won Ton is apparently not doing well in the shelter environment, which is why an adoption/rescue appeal was sent out to the rescue community. 

If you're interested in adopting Won Ton, please contact ARF at 925-256-1273 or Amanda at aconlon@arflife.org. Won Ton's adoption fee is $225.


Shadow on Feb 1. 2009

A living, loving tribute to Shadow--the miracle dog.

Shadow on April 18, 2015

On April 18, 2015, several people gathered in West Sacramento to celebrate the 14th birthday of "Shadow", a GSD/Belgian Sheepdog with an amazing story.  Shadow was one of five puppies born in the Sacramento City Shelter around April 12, 2001, to a female German Shepherd named Zelda. (See "The Friendship Circle of Zelda and Her Pups.")  

Shadow is the sole surviving member of Zelda's litter. (Zelda, too, has passed on.) It is rare that a German Shepherd or GSD mix lives to be 14, let alone to be in is as good health as Shadow is. What makes Shadow's longevity miraculous is that she developed bone cancer in 2008 and had to have her right rear leg amputated! The survival rate for the kind of cancer that Shadow developed is very low. Shadow not only survived, but thrived! She still went for long walks, jousted with her sister Newt (on left in picture at right), and even climbed the stairs to the second floor of Sharon & Peter Davies' West Sacramento house up until last year.

Shadow's resiliency is testimony to her spirit and zest for life. There's no doubt, though, that Sharon & Peter's unfaltering commitment, care and love have been key to Shadow surviving her bout with cancer and living to see her 14th birthday.

Happy 14th Birthday, Shadow!  
From Sharon & Peter Davies--adopters of Shadow's sisters Newt and her mother Zelda; Lori & Gil Topete, adopters of Shadow's sister Bernadette; Carol & Kevin Magee, adopters of Shadow's brother Ranger; and Brian Foran, rescuer of Zelda and her pups.


Wanted: Web Design Assistance

If you are an experienced Website designer and can spare some of your time, I'd like you to help me make some minor improvements to the GSRSV Website. I DON'T want to overhaul the Website, and don't want to change the Web publisher, which I know is archaic (Microsoft Front Page 2000). I just want to add some clever and practical touches to the site, and have been unable to figure out how to make those additions on my own.

Please contact Brian at either bab43@msn.com or 916-655-3125.

Please Make a Donation!

GSRSV is a tax-exempt public charity, as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations to GSRSV are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. 

Since February 2001, Brian Foran has funded GSRSV primarily on his own. Brian runs a large rescue facility by himself (pictured at left), and typically has more than 25 dogs to feed and care for! Many of these dogs are either too old for adoption or have been returned to GSRSV more than once--and thus are allowed to live their lives out at the rescue facility. Never has Brian returned a dog he has rescued to a shelter--NEVER! 

Donations have played--and continue to play--a huge part in keeping GSRSV afloat, as adoption fees are a drop-in-the-bucket compared with the costs of running a large rescue program. (See the actual numbers for 2007-2011 here.)

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to GSRSV today, either by clicking on the PayPal button below, 

or by mailing a check, made out to GSRSV, to: 

GSRSV, PO Box 652, Pleasant Grove, CA 95668.

As of 1-5-15, you can add a message to GSRSV in the PayPal payment window. Just click "Add special instructions to the seller" and a text box will open.  

Any size donation is appreciated. Please help in any way you can!


Don't just take your dog for a walk.....take your walk for a dog! Go to WoofTrax.com, download the app to your smartphone, and support GSRSV every time you walk your dog! The more miles you walk, the more WoofTrax donates to GSRSV!

You can also contribute financially to GSRSV without spending an additional cent by shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon.com's charitable donation program. See below.

Shop at Amazon Smile
and Amazon will make a donation to: 

German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley

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Tracking GSRSV's Adoptions

My most recent adoptions were Kona to Karen, David & Ian Ehrhardt of La Honda; Elsa to Dan & Dilcia Vaughn of Fremont; and Pinwheel to Will & Abigail Italia and family of Martinez.
So far in 2015, GSRSV has rescued seven dogs and placed twelve dogs, including five "Program Dogs" that I placed for their owners. See my 2015 Rescue/Adoption Record.
In 2014, GSRSV rescued thirty-one dogs and placed thirty-seven dogs, including seven "Program Dogs" that I placed for their owners. See my 2014 Rescue/Adoption Record.


Is fostering a dog a sacrifice? NO! It is a pleasure! 

The rewards of knowing that you've saved the life of a sweet, beautiful German Shepherd dog (or any other breed), and made that dog feel loved, are MUCH greater than whatever inconvenience the dog may cause or the pain of letting him or her go to a new home. 

If you, the German Shepherd-loving community, will not extend a helping hand to the numerous German Shepherds housed in area shelters and facing euthanasia, WHO WILL?

PLEASE consider fostering a German Shepherd for GSRSV! See the page Save a German Shepherd's Life: Become a Foster Caretaker


Before You Consider Adopting a Dog from a Rescue Group (including GSRSV), Please Consider Adopting One from a Shelter! 

Though there are certain advantages to adopting a dog from a rescue group, those dogs are safe. Those in shelters are at high risk of euthanasia! If you don't already know, you'd be horrified to learn about the  number of beautiful German Shepherds that are euthanized every week in Northern California shelters. 

Think you can't find a purebred German Shepherd at a shelter? THINK AGAIN!!

I have found the best Website to search for a GSD in a shelter near you is Petharbor.com. This Website allows you to specify breed as well as to select the shelters from which you'd like to search for a GSD to adopt. You can also request to receive automatic e-mail notifications when the shelters that you specified have  GSDs available for adoption.

 Please Remember that Most Dogs with Rescue Groups Come from Shelters Themselves!


GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook!
Send me your favorite photo and/or story of the dog(s) you adopted from GSRSV, and I will post them on the GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook page. Mail pictures/stories to Brian Foran at bab43@msn.com. 







Older Rescued Dogs Make Wonderful Companions!


Think that an older dog will not make a good family companion because it's too set in its ways?" Think again! Older dogs, more so than younger dogs, live to please their caretakers. Furthermore, hip dysplasia in older German Shepherds is much less of a problem than commonly believed, and general arthritis is readily treatable with coated aspirin (yes, ASPIRIN) and glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. For an excellent information resource on older dogs, see the Senior Dogs Project Website, and their"Top Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog." 

Testimonials of those who have adopted older dogs from GSRSV

Bob Warner adopted Krista from the Sac County shelter, with GSRSV's assistance, on 7-1-10. Here's what Bob had to say about Krista in December 2011:

"Krista has become a wonderful friend--so gentle and friendly that everyone enjoys her. She is an excellent example of why adopters should consider older dogs."





If you have or plan to adopt a GSD, you NEED to know about "bloat!" Please read the info below.

Gastric dilation/volvulus, more commonly known as "bloat", is an all-too- frequent, fatal event for German Shepherds. Basically, gastric dilation refers to a condition in which the dog's stomach fills up with air due to various circumstances. The dog's abdomen becomes visibly "bloated", and causes great discomfort. If the bloat persists, often what happens next is volvulus--the stomach literally rotates on its intestinal axis, shutting off the blood supply both to and from the stomach. At this stage, the dog usually has only hours to live, and the condition must be treated surgically. The sooner the dog is treated, the better its chance for survival and full recovery. 

Learn how to avoid bloat in your dog, and how to recognize the symptoms. Please click on this link to open a very informative Webpage about bloat. I recommend printing the article and placing it where you can immediately access it if you suspect that your dog is experiencing bloat. Click on this link for a printable MS Word version of the article.


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Springtime, Inc., is a manufacturer and retailer of amazingly effective, all-natural, reasonably priced nutritional supplements for dogs, horses and humans. I have regularly given a few of Springtime's supplements to the GSRSV dogs for years, and enthusiastically endorse these products--particularly "Joint Health"--a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement, and "Bug-Off Garlic"--a natural flea preventative that REALLY WORKS! Please visit Springtime's Website, and if you place an order with them as a result of this referral, please mention that you learned of their company through GSRSV. I do not receive any commisions--I just want the people at Springtime to know that I'm sharing the word on their products, as they do give me a discount on the products that I order.

Questions regarding German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley or this Website should be directed to Brian Foran, 916-655-3125, bab43@msn.com, or you can write to:

PO Box 652
Pleasant Grove, CA  95668

Thanks also to    and 
for hosting respective GSRSV homepages with a list of our dogs on their Websites.

This site is hosted by  (www.xmatters.com). xMatters makes "relevance engines" that connect people with what they need to know, at the exact moment they need to know it so they can act quickly and intelligently to move their business forward. Many, many thanks to Troy McAlpin, xMatters' President & CEO  and a former GSRSV adopter, for graciously carrying GSRSV's Website on xMatters' servers since 2001.   

Last modified: Friday April 24, 2015